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Standardizing the Use of Mental Health Screening Instruments in Patients With Pain

Incorporating screening modalities for anxiety and depression during patient visits for pain may reduce disease burden for patients with all 3 conditions.

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Chronic pain is more prevalent in the US than diabetes mellitus, cancer, and cardiovascular disease combined, impacting about 100 million adults. 1 The annual cost of all that pain in the US is between $560 and $635 billion. 1

The high prevalence of chronic pain among active duty service members and veterans remains a pressing concern given its negative impact on military readiness, health care utilization, productivity, quality of life, and chronic disability rates. 2 Pain was found to be the leading complaint of service members returning from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedomand 44% of veterans returning from deployment suffered with chronic pain. 3,4

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